Moments with You Couples Devotional 8/25


AUGUST 25

Intensive Prayer Unit

Let them pray for him continually; let them bless him all day long. PSALM 72:15

If there’s one thing Barbara and I have learned during our many years of raising children, it’s that prayer is indispensable. Irreplaceable. Life giving. That’s why we went before God often with our children’s personal matters in mind. And we urge you to do the same, being careful to do the following:

Pray offensively. Pray for your children’s peer groups—that they will each have at least one strong Christian friend they can count on through the years. Ask God to protect your children daily from those who would be an evil influence.

Also consider asking God to help you catch your children doing things right so that you can encourage them in making good choices.

Pray defensively. From time to time we felt that a child might be deceiving us, but we could never be absolutely certain. In those situations, we asked God to help us catch the child if he or she was doing something wrong. God seems to honor parents who pray this prayer!

Pray intensely. One of the most misunderstood spiritual disciplines of the Christian life is prayer accompanied by fasting (the giving up of food or something that you love for a prescribed period of time). According to the Scriptures, God assumes that we will fast and pray (see Matthew 6:16-18), and He promises to reward us if we do it with a pure heart and motive. We know one couple that set aside each Monday to fast, from sunrise to sundown, praying for their struggling teenager.

Any time God brings your children to mind is the perfect moment to bring their names and needs back before Him. As James 5:16 tells us, “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

God delights in hearing the prayers of the “helpless parent.”

DISCUSS

What are the top needs of each of your children?

PRAY

Make your prayer time today focused on each of your children. If you don’t have children, consider praying for a niece or nephew.  

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White-Glove Test


AUGUST 15

White-Glove Test

You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. JOHN 15:3 

Whenever our Weekend to Remember speaker team gets together—as we’re passing each other in the hallway or stepping onto the elevator—we often ask each other one probing question: “Are you clean?” We’re calling each other to personal holiness—we don’t want anyone who represents our Lord and our ministry to stand before others with an unexamined heart.

“Are you clean?” It’s a good question to ask, don’t you think? Few of us like being presented with something that pries this hard—something so personal, something we might not be able to answer yes to.

I remember when I came across a friend—a fairly well-known Christian leader—at a convention. I shook his hand, looked him in the eye and surprised him by asking, “Are you clean?” He answered back, “Well, yeah, I’m clean.” But he wasn’t clean. I could tell.

A couple of days later, this same man tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Dennis, I need to talk to you privately about something.” We eased off to a corner of the room, where he said, “I lied to you. I’m not clean. I’ve got a problem with pornography. It’s causing me to fail as a husband and a father. I’m not the man other people think I am.”

I was so proud of him for responding to the Holy Spirit with that kind of honesty and remorse. We talked for quite a while, prayed together and laid out some accountability steps we both knew would help.

A few years later, I crossed paths with him again. But this time I didn’t even need to ask him the question. His whole countenance and posture answered it for me. He was clean. And confident. He’d been sprung from that whole demoralizing trap of phony sexual fulfillment.

How about you? Are you clean?

DISCUSS

Who could use someone like you to ask this kind of question of them?

PRAY

Pray for a life that is so clean and pure, you’ll want to share the blessings of obedience with others.  
 

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